The James Bowie High School Outdoor Performing Ensemble (JBHSOPE) won their second championship in a row at the Bands of America (BOA) Austin Regional Marching Band Competition, Saturday September 27th at Kelly Reeves Stadium in Round Rock.
In addition to placing first overall in finals competition, the band took caption awards for Outstanding Music Performance and Outstanding Visual Performance. They tied with Leander High School for Outstanding General Effect.
Earlier in the day during class competitions, Bowie placed First in Class 4A. Bowie swept the Class 4A caption awards, winning: Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, and Outstanding General Effect.
Bowie’s 2014 marching show is titled, “If a Tree Falls…” It’s a light hearted naturalistic depiction of life in a forest. The color guard play woodland animals and the band members have branches emerging from their shakos instead of plumes. At the end of his solo, oboe player Josh Owens mimics a falling tree, by tumbling from a short tower resembling a silver birch.
Musical selections include: “Songs from the Wood” by Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson; “Puck One” by Elvis Costello; “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy; and “The Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky.
The JBHSOPE is under the direction of Kim Shuttlesworth, with assistance from Ryan Thomas, Amy Suggs, and Matt Atkinson. Director of the Color Guard is Joey Powell. Drum Majors are: Jordan Dinkins, Kaden Wood, and Sami Funderburgh.
Ryan George arranged the music for this year’s show, and Bowie’s own Ryan Thomas wrote the percussion book.
The drill was designed by Leon May of Drum Corps International’s (DCI) award winning Carolina Crown drum and bugle corps, with assistance from Keith Potter and David Starnes.
“We are very excited about this season and the growth of the program,” Ms. Shuttlesworth noted, “The students work extremely hard. This was a great reward for all their efforts so far. Thank you to the parents and community for their continued support.”
BOA Austin was the band’s first competition of the season. They will also appear at the BOA San Antonio Super Regional Competition at the Alamodome on November 1st. UIL competition begins with the Region 18 contest on October 21st.
The JBHSOPE will be marching in the 2015 London New Year’s Day Parade. The parade attracts a TV audience of nearly 300 million viewers worldwide, and has twice as many participants as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
BOA classifies bands by student population, but uses a different grouping than the UIL. Bowie is a 6A school under the UIL classification and a 4A school for BOA.
For a complete list of the results from BOA Austin, visit the Music for All website: http://www.musicforall.org/resources/fall-results/2014/austin-tx-2014-results